Different types of panels and committees may be appointed to consider and advise on planning proposals and policies.
A planning panel may be appointed to consider amendments to planning schemes or other matters such as a planning permit referred or called in by the Minister for Planning.
Advisory committees may be appointed by the Minister to consider specific planning policies in accordance with a specific terms of reference.
Planning panels are administered by Planning Panels Victoria, located in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Planning scheme amendment panels
Planning scheme amendments propose changes to policies, planning controls and/or the zoning of an area.
Planning panels are often appointed to consider submissions made about amendments to planning schemes. They will then make recommendations and advise whether the amendment should proceed.
View panel reports for planning scheme amendments under the relevant planning scheme on the Planning Scheme Amendments Online website. Proposals that are the subject of more than one amendment will be listed under each of the relevant amendments.
Permit applications considered by the Minister
A panel may be appointed to consider planning permits that have been referred to, or called in by, the Minister, or applied for in conjunction with a planning scheme amendment.
Advisory committees may be appointed by the Minister to consider specific development proposals or to review planning policies.
They obtain public input and provide assessment of issues. Advisory committees are appointed with a terms of reference approved by the Minister.
Advisory committees are generally established to consider matters under one of the following categories:
- Proposals for a specific site, usually for a particular development of that site
- To review planning controls or policy that does not necessarily apply to a particular site or area – for example, car parking controls and planning provisions
- Matters called-in by the Minister for Planning from the Planning Division of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (known as appeal call-ins).
More information on current advisory committees
Environment effects inquiries
The Minister may establish an inquiry into the environmental effects of any works or proposed works to which the Environment Effects Act 1978 applies.
Find out more about current and completed environment effects inquiries
VCAT and Planning Panels Victoria
While Planning Panels Victoria generally deals with planning scheme amendments, the Planning Division of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handles decisions, or in some circumstances, the failure of the planning authority to make any decision on a planning permit application.